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Cruises to the Western Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean is one of the most diverse cruise regions. Spanning two continents (Europe and Africa), the region includes the artistic meccas of Italy, France and Spain and Arabic culture in Morocco and Tunisia. The itinerary is ideal for art and history lovers who also wish to explore the region's landmarks, beaches, cafes and boutique shops. Don't miss highlights such as Barcelona's Las Ramblas, a day trip to Capri from Naples or Sorrento, or an excursion to the wine-making villages of the French countryside.
Western Mediterranean Cruise Basics Western Mediterranean Cruise Basics
Arts and culture, surf and sand, cafe hopping and boutique shopping: Read why Western Med has it all.
Best Western Mediterranean Shore Excursions Best Western Mediterranean Shore Excursions
Beyond paintings and sculptures, the Western Med has plenty of natural beauty. Here are top excursions outside the museum.
Top 10 Cultural Attractions Top 10 Cultural Attractions
Here are our picks for the Western Med's must-see sights for culture vultures.

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82% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Barcelona -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> La Spezia (Cinque Terre) -> Villefranche -> Cruising -> Barcelona
84% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Barcelona -> Toulon -> Florence (Livorno) -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Cruising -> Mykonos -> Istanbul -> Kusadasi -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
81% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Dubrovnik -> Kotor -> Kefalonia -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Florence (Livorno) -> Monaco -> Toulon -> Barcelona -> Barcelona
76% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Cruising -> Crete (Heraklion) -> Santorini -> Kusadasi -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Katakolon (Olympia) -> Kefalonia -> Dubrovnik -> Split -> Venice -> Venice -> Cruising -> Kefalonia -> Katakolon (Olympia) -> Nafplio -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Kusadasi -> Santorini -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia)
Barcelona
Since hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona has gained ...
Cannes
Poor Cannes, so underappreciated. Gertrude Stein once said of ...
Capri
Capri, a mountainous island just three miles off the coast of Italy's ...
Corsica (Ajaccio)
No doubt about it: Ajaccio is my kind of cruise port -- easily ...
Elba
Everyone who gets sent to exile should be as lucky as France's ...
Florence (Livorno)
On any Western Mediterranean itinerary, Florence is an absolute ...
Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary ...
Genoa
Sometimes, cities are lucky enough to reinvent themselves. Genoa, ...
Gibraltar
Gibraltar may well be a British Crown Colony but geographically it's ...
Ibiza
Ibiza owns a reputation as a boisterous party town where hit the ...
Madeira (Funchal)
In the early 1400's, Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal sent his ...
Malta (Valletta)
Sailing into Valletta, Malta, is akin to stepping into the pages of a ...
Marseille
Marseille, the gateway to Provence, is the second largest city and ...
Monaco
Arriving by ship into the Monte Carlo harbor is an amazing ...
Naples
You know instantly when you're docked in Naples. First of all, where ...
Nice
Nice is the biggest city on France's glorious Cote D'Azur and the ...
Palermo
Palermo is a city of contrasts and most people either like it or hate ...
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and ...
Portofino
Portofino is so quintessentially Italian, so synonymous with the ...
Rome (Civitavecchia)
The capital city in the land of Leonardo, Michelangelo and the popes ...
Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez conjures up images of the good life, beautiful people, ...
Sardinia
With its rugged landscape of limestone and granite ranges and oak ...
Sete
If you had never been to the Mediterranean coast, and had to create ...
Seville (Cadiz)
Seville, capital of Andalucia, lies on the mighty Guadalquivir -- one ...
Sorrento
It's almost a pity that most cruise passengers use Sorrento as a mere ...
Taormina (Messina)
The French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called Sicily "the land ...
Villefranche
Lovely, much more laid back than other -- splashier -- Cote d'Azur ...
Zuiderdam cruise 5-6-15 and pre-cruise visit to Rome Please feel free to skip down to the summary if that is all you want! All the details are included from my log as some seem to really enjoy reading these. Background: We booked this cruise ... Read more
This was our first, and probably last, cruise on Norwegian. I loved the ship, but could not put up with the cabin again. I know that it's the only ship in the fleet with this configuration, but who on earth thought it was a good idea!!!!! Our ... Read more
Pro: Beautiful Ship, Excellent Ports, Great Staff, Great Entertainment, Great Room with lots of storage & good room layout, Excellent work getting the luggage onboard, Very smooth travel at sea. Con: Confusion caused by boarding & exiting ... Read more
05/15
My partner and I booked an inner stateroom on Norwegian Epic on May 10 2015, departing from Barcelona. We were assigned a (very far forward) starboard stateroom on deck 8. The ship itself was lovely - a luxurious hotel on the water. Our inner ... Read more
Explorer of the Seas Nevillewood
05/15
Having cruised last year on a much smaller thomsons ship I expected better value for money. Having to pay a surcharge on every alchaolic drink and running out of butter and then given margarine very poor.After sailing for eleven nights never had the ... Read more
04/15
I will preface my comments by saying that I usually cruise on Celebrity having taken several transatlantic cruises on their ships. I have heard positive comments about Holland America so opted to try them this time. My number one, chief ... Read more
We have cruised a few times before mainly RCL and Celebrity but thought we would give P&O a whirl, so we booked two cruise, one 'taster' on Aurora last December and Ventura. Have to say we were not so impressed with Aurora, mainly let down by ... Read more
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